Thursday, March 17, 2011

1976: Quackery kills Florida woman

Cycloria Vangates underwent an abortion on March 13, 1976, performed by Dr. Paul Glassman.

She suffered a cervical laceration. The Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine found that Glassman failed to adequately treat Cycloria's injury. She died on March 17.

Glassman's license was finally revoked for three years beginning in 1981. He later recovered his license on the condition that he undergo close supervision and not perform any more abortions.

Glassman moved to Missouri, but his attorney revealed to the Florida Board of Osteopathic medical Examiners that Glassman performed 17 abortions while visiting in Fort Lauderdale, in an effort to prove that the ban against Glassman performing abortions was unnecessary.

Glassman also faced a 1978 Florida conviction for felony grand larceny involving filing insurance claims for a faked automobile accident.

Glassman paid out $386,875 to Cycloria's survivors, according to a malpractice liability search.

Sources: "Lawyer Says Former Miami Osteopath Ignored Ban On Performing Abortions," The Miami Herald, June 16, 1985; State of Florida, Division of Administrative Hearings, Case # 78-1665

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